Public comments sought to update Thurmond Lake shoreline management plan

SAVANNAH, Ga. – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Savannah District, seeks public comments for an upcoming shoreline management plan update for the J. Strom Thurmond Lake project. The Corps will hold public workshops in three communities March 2-5 to allow the public to gain information or offer suggestions.

The plan provides guidance and information for Corps managers and the public on managing the shoreline and adjacent public lands and waters controlled by the project. The shoreline management plan defines what actions adjacent landowners can take to change or improve the shoreline.

“Typically people use the shoreline management plan to apply for a dock permit or to seek permission to do underbrushing along the shore,” said Chris Spiller, natural resources manager at the Thurmond Project. “It also describes the procedures to add electricity and water to a dock or build a walk or path to the dock.”

The Corps last revised the plan in 2001.

In an effort to canvas as many of the Thurmond Project users as possible, Corps officials will hold three public workshops at various publicly accessible locations close to project users. These will be come-and-go meetings designed to allow the public to discuss specific issues one on one with Corps representatives and to provide their concerns, ideas and opinions related to the Thurmond Project SMP.  There will be no formal presentation at any of the meetings.

Date Location Time
March 2, 2015 Lincoln Center 160 May Avenue Lincolnton, GA 30817 6 – 8 p.m.
March 3, 2015 McCormick County High School 6981 Hwy 28 South McCormick, SC 29835 6 – 8 p.m.
March 5, 2015 Columbia County Public Library (Hardin Performing Arts Theater) 4022 Town Center Blvd Evans, GA 30809 6 – 8 p.m.

Participants may arrive at any time during the workshops. For additional information, participants may contact Robin Webb, toll-free, at 800-533-3478, ext. 1134 or email the project office at cesas-op-t@usace.army.mil.

~Billy Birdwell, Senior Public Affairs Specialist

About US Army Corps of Engineers Savannah District

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Savannah District oversees a multi-million dollar military construction program at 11 Army and Air Force installations in Georgia and North Carolina. We also manage water resources across the Coastal Georgia region, including maintenance dredging of the Savannah and Brunswick harbors; operation of three hydroelectric dams and reservoirs along the upper Savannah River; and administration of an extensive stream and wetland permitting and mitigation program within the state of Georgia. Follow us on Twitter @SavannahCorps and on Facebook.com/SavannahCorps
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